An Enormous Hidden Art Collection Recently Uncovered: Hidden Out of Love
Recently a massive collection of hidden artwork was uncovered at the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of an art dealer who is thought to have worked with the Nazis selling their artwork for them. Some of his paintings were seized and Gurlitt claims that he wants them back and is not willing to deal with the authorities about his remaining paintings because he loves them.
Gurlitt’s father died in 1956 and nobody has ever had any idea that he was hiding such a massive collection until just a few years ago when officials entered his apartment because of a customs check. The Berline and Bavaria authorities both kept the find a secret for a few years until a story about it was featured in the Focus, the German magazine.
Since the story by Focus, the authorities have been under tremendous pressure to work out this situation and find out if these paintings were taken away from their rightful owners by the Nazis. Gurlitt has since been reported saying that he is not going to give up his paintings willingly.
Gurlitt occasionally sells one of his beloved paintings when he is in need of money. The last painting that he sold, “The Lion Tamer” by Max Beckmann brought in 725,000 euros. Gurlitt kept 400,000 for himself and gave the rest to the family of a Jewish collector who was believed to own it before him.
Gurlitt denies vehemently that his father ever stole any paintings, and that he obtained paintings from private collections. He helped his father carry away the paintings from Dresden and he plans to hold onto them for the rest of his life.